The Cosmic House (1)

Towards the end of September, I went to see the Cosmic House, Charles Jencks’s extravaganza in Holland Park. I had been once before, but for a party, and didn’t really appreciate its quality and, most of all, its historical significance as a radical statement of post-modernism undertaken at the height of a movement of ideas, which was very much led and promoted by Jencks in his teaching about semiotics at the Architectural Association from 1967 onwards. I got interested in Jencks and his importance during the early 1970s as a thinker and agitator and have written about this in my column in this month’s The Critic.


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